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Dr Bernard Corfe, University of Sheffield, NSJC lead facilitator, Honorary Programme Secretary

Dr Bernard Corfe joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 2002 following training in molecular pharmacology.  His research training was in microbial molecular biology and his first postdoc was in Sheffield with Professor Anne Moir in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He subsequently worked with Professor Caroline Dive in Manchester, studying the regulation of apoptosis in response to chemotherapeutic drugs. It was through this research that he became interested in the regulation of apoptosis by butyrate.

Dr Corfe is accompanied by the following team of facilators, who will facilitate the club on a rotation basis:


    Dr John Brameld, University of Nottingham, Council Member for animal nutrition

    Dr John Brameld teaches on both the BSc and MSc Nutritional Sciences/ Animal Nutrition courses. John's research interests fall into three main areas: molecular nutrition, development of body composition and regulation of energy balance. Current research projects include:

    • Effects of vitamin D on cell growth, metabolism and gene expression, as a mechanism for improving human health.

    • Regulation of tissue (muscle, fat and liver) growth and metabolism, combining metabolomics, transcriptomics and systems biology.

    • Novel regulators of energy expenditure and appetite.

    Dr Ruan Elliot, University of Surrey, Cellular and Molecular Theme Leader

    Dr Ruan Elliot is a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at the University of Surrey where he has been based since 2011. Prior to this, Ruan completed his PhD at the University of Surrey before spending two years as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia and then working as Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Food Research from 1994 to 2009.

    During the course of his career, Ruan has undertaken research in wide variety of areas including, regulatory effects of gastrointestinal hormones on macronutrient metabolism, health-promoting effects of dietary antioxidants, regulation of micronutrient transport and homeostasis and the effects of diet and lifestyle on the DNA damage-repair balance.It is the molecular mechanisms underpinning the interplay between food and health that fascinate Ruan the most. Throughout his career he has not only made use of cellular and molecular techniques in his own research to elucidate such mechanisms, he has also endeavoured to encourage and facilitate their wider adoption among the nutrition research community. 

    Dr Wendy Hall, King's College London, Whole Body Metabolism Theme Leader

    Dr Wendy Hall (BA (Hons), MSc, PhD) is a Reader in Nutritional Sciences within the Nutritional Sciences Department of the School of Life Course Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. She has been a Registered Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition) since 2005. Her PhD was on physiological mechanisms mediating effects of dietary amino acids on appetite at the University of Surrey (2001). A key objective of Dr Hall’s research is to provide high quality clinical trial data, using standardised methodologies, to provide scientific evidence relevant to public health policy and the food and drink industry.

    Dr James Thorne, University of Leeds

    Dr James Thorne is based at the School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds. His laboratory uses a range of epigenetic, cell and molecular biology tools to investigate how cancer cell biology can be manipulated by components derived from and modulated by the diet. Dr Thorne works alongside other researchers interested in cancer prevention at NIHR and the UK Theraputic Cancer Prevention Network. Dr Thorne aims to find safe, affordable and effective routes to prevent cancer and improve survivorship.